Designated school officials (DSO) should remember to follow their regulatory requirement to register students no later than 30 days of the start of each session. SEVIS registration must be completed on all appropriate SEVIS records no later than 30 days after the start of each session. Prior to completing a student’s registration, you must decide if every Initial and Active F-1 and M-1 student attending your institution is eligible for SEVIS registration.
Failure to register students at the beginning of each school session jeopardizes F and M students’ nonimmigrant status.
Specifically, keep the following in mind:
- Has the student enrolled in a full course of study for the session, dropped below a full course of study without prior authorization from a DSO, or failed to enroll?
- Is the current address for each enrolled student up to date?
- Start date of each student’s next session, or is the student in their final session?
- Are there any necessary changes to the student’s SEVIS program end date?
For additional information about SEVIS registration, visit the Study in the States SEVIS Help Hub. Additionally, for guidance on managing student records during COVID-19, reference the Frequently Asked Questions document on ICE.gov.